When we use secondary sources in professional journalism – online or off – we must respect copyright law.
Copyright is a form of legal protection that is automatically assigned to content creators at the moment of creation.
Content may be:
Copyright gives the creator the following rights:
- claim authorship
- distribute work
- reproduce the work
- create new work based on the original
The copyright holder can offer or sell these rights to other people
If anybody uses copyrighted work without permission in any of the way above – they are breaking copyright law.
The internet and copyright
many people believe that if something is published on the internet it is not subject to copyright law. This is untrue.
The term fair dealin refers to circumstances where some limited use of copyright material is allowed . these include:
- research and private study
- criticism or reveiw
- news reporting
- incidental inclusion
In all these cases sources must be referenced.